Fairy Ranmaru: Anata no Kokoro Otasuke Shimasu follows five young men who work at the mysterious "Bar F" and who offer to heal the hearts of their clients, wiping away their tears and causing smiles to bloom like flowers. They take no payment ... aside from stealing their clients' hearts.
It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for magical fairy boys to strut their stuff in anime, but here they are anyway in the year 2021, proving that some good can come out of quarantine after all. Or not. Unfortunately, as eye-catching as it is at first, what with all those muscles and shrunken clothes stretched tight, tight, tight against the sweaty skin, Fairy Ranmaru ultimately falls flat and doesn’t try to go beyond its fanservice. It takes a while for things to get going in Fairy Ranmaru so it hopes you'll be distracted by the scantily-clad magical boys in the meantime. It’s a thing that works for a while for sure: pretty fairy boys are sent to our world to take suffering ladies’ hearts and make them all better. The show knows exactly how that sounds so it’s chosen to spice things up a little – or a lot, depending which fairy boy you’re looking at – with its impossibly-built heroes. Without a doubt, the thirstier the fairy, the sweeter the juice. But the story remains mostly the same all throughout, with the stray myth arc plot point scattered here and there to keep you invested until the finale. No one will blame you for dropping it midway, but if you’ve chosen to stick yourself to the fairies in hopes of seeing some sweet, sweet payoff… well, let’s just say you’re better off looking for something a little more lasting and permanent than this one-night stand. Because that’s what this is, let’s not kid ourselves now. It’s a series of one-night stands with the same trick played for laughs over and over again, so if you’re looking for an out so soon in the game, then you’re more than welcome to. Just don’t expect to get your money’s worth back at the end of the night. Save for the racy fanservice, Fairy Ranmaru isn’t anything to write home about. It’s average and simple and filled to the brim with tropes – and while there isn’t anything wrong with being trope-heavy, it’s just a shame the show hoped it could keep you distracted long enough until it got exposed. It’s harmless and all in good fun, but between that half-assery and all the teasing it likes to do, it’s actually a little surprising the show didn’t try to get away with more tantalizing bits than it already did.
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